Blum option not exercised; Michaels to be picked up
Veteran infielder Geoff Blum told reporters following Sunday’s season-ending win over the Cubs the Astros have told him they won’t exercise his option for 2011.
The Astros plan to exercise the $900,000 option for outfielder Jason Michaels, according to a person close to the situation. Astros general manager Ed Wade didn’t want to comment on the Michaels situation, but confirmed he told Blum his option wasn’t being exercised.
Blum, who played five seasons in two different stints in Houston, said he was informed by Wade and manager Brad Mills he wasn’t going to return following the Astros’ loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He had an option that would have paid him $1.65 million, but he’ll get a $150,000 buyout instead.
Wade said he’s leaving the door open to Blum’s return in a separate deal.
A teary-eyed Blum nearly broke down in front of reporters Sunday.
“I do know that I will not be here,” Blum said. “I’ll miss being here, trust me. I’ve had several conversations with people within the organization and my services are not going to be needed here.”
Blum, a switch-hitter who won a World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox in 2005, hit .267 with two homers and 22 RBIs. He missed most of August after undergoing surgery to remove loose chips in his elbow.
Blum, who broke in with Montreal in 1999 and played with the Astros from 2002-03, was one the most senior members of the team and a leader in the clubhouse. He’s also played for Tampa Bay and San Diego during his 12-year career.